Monthly Archives: January 2015

Penn State Engineering Professor Named Editor of a Scholarly Journal

Chinay Anumba, professor and chair of the department of architectural engineering at Pennsylvania State University, has been named editor of the journal Engineering, Construction, and Architectural Management.

Examining the Roots of Racial Disparities in School Discipline

New research led by scholars at the School of Education at Indiana University in Bloomington shows that deep-seated racial biases contribute to widespread racial disparities in school discipline.

Moses V. Goldmon Named Second in Command at Lane College

Dr. Goldmon was serving as an assistant professor of religious education at the Shaw University Divinity School in Raleigh and as pastor of Prince Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in New Hill, North Carolina.

University Study Examines Racial Disparities in the Pittsburgh Area

The Center on Race and Social Problems at the School of Social Work of the University of Pittsburgh has issued a new report on racial disparities in the metropolitan region surrounding the university.

Students, Faculty Call for Renaming Tillman Hall on the Campus of Clemson University

"When you educate a Negro," Benjamin Tillman said, "you educate a candidate for the penitentiary or spoil a good field hand." The main building on the Clemson University campus bears his name.

In Memoriam: James Dennis Singleton Jr., 1945-2015

James "Jeigh" Singleton was professor emeritus of fashion design at Washington University in St. Louis. He led the fashion design program at the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts for 25 years.

Former Deputy Governor of Illinois Hired at the University of Chicago

Cristal Thomas was appointed vice president for community health engagement at the University of Chicago School of Medicine and special assistant to the vice president for civic engagement at the University of Chicago.

Paine College Suspends Its Football Program

This past fall, Paine College played a full varsity schedule of 10 football games for the first time in over a half century. The team had a record of two wins and eight losses. Now financial concerns have forced the college to suspend football for at least two years.

Four African Americans Named to New University Administrative Posts

The appointees are W. Kent Guion at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Meredith Evans at Washington University, Tanya Barnes-Jones at Saint Augustine's University and Lee A. McElroy Jr. at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Stillman College Cuts Tuition in an Effort to Boost Enrollment

Stillman College, the historically Black educational institution in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, has announced that the annual cost of tuition and room and board would be reduced from $22,500 to $17,500 beginning in the fall.

New Faculty Roles for Two African American Scholars

Keisa W. Mathis was named an assistant professor of integrative physiology at the University of North Texas Health Science Center and Lisa Lewis, associate professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania was named a Penn Fellow.

Tennessee State University Switches to a Four-Day Class Schedule

As a result of the cancellation of Friday classes, students will attend class longer on Mondays and Wednesdays. Fifty minutes classes that were held three times a week, will now meet for an hour and 20 minutes on Monday and Wednesdays.

New $25 Million Program Will Promote Cybersecurity Education Programs at HBCUs

The White House has announced a new five-year, $25 million grant program of the U.S. Department of Energy to foster cybersecurity education at minority serving institutions. Norfolk State University in Virginia is the lead institution in the grant program.

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

From time to time, The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education will provide links to online articles that may be of interest to our readers. Here are this week's selections.

Recent Books That May Be of Interest to African American Scholars

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education regularly publishes a list of new books that may be of interest to our readers. Here are the latest selections.

In Memorian: Wilbert Augustus Cheatham, 1942-2014

Gus Cheatham was the longest-serving vice president in the history of Loma Linda University in California. He also served as deputy assistant secretary and deputy director of the Office for Civil Rights in what was then the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.

Patricia Smith Wins a Biennial Award from the Library of Congress

Patricia Smith, an associate professor of English at the College of Staten Island in New York, is being honored for her collection of poetry that examines the Great Migration of African Americans from the South to northern cities.

Alabama State University Partners With Soongsil University in Korea

Under the agreement, the two universities will offer student exchange and study abroad programs for students at the partner universities. There will also be research, lecture, and seminar opportunities for faculty members at the partner institutions.

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

College Dean Appointed to the Boston School Committee

Martin J. Walsh, mayor of Boston, has appointed Regina Robinson to serve on the Boston School Committee. Robinson is dean of student affairs at Cambridge College. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.

In Memoriam: Nelson Townsend, 1941-2015

Nelson Townsend was named interim athletics director at Florida A&M University in December. He had served as athletics director at the university from 1986 to 1987 and again from 2005 to 2007.

Black Physician at the University of Alabama Birmingham Leading Major Research Project

Alan Tita, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, is leading research into the potential benefits and harms of pharmacologic treatment directed at mild chronic hypertenion during pregnancy.

Early Admission of African Americans to Leading Colleges and Universities

Several of the nation’s highest ranked colleges and universities have reported data on students they have accepted under early decision or early action admissions plans. Some have provided data broken down by race.

Four African Americans Who Are Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

Those taking on new administrative posts are Bernice B. Rumala at Trident University, Rita Walters at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Maurice D. Gipson at Arkansas State University, and F. Erik Brooks at Western Illinois University.

President Obama Proposes Free Community College for All

President Obama has proposed that community college should be free to all students who are willing to work toward a degree. Some leaders in the Black community are concerned that the proposal may result in declining enrollments at four-year HBCUs.

Perceptions of People Referred to as “Black” Compared to “African American”

A new study led by Erika V. Hall, an assistant professor at the Goizueta Business School at Emory University, finds that people identified as "Black" are viewed more negatively than individuals referred to as "African American."

Washington and Lee University Decides to Stop Holding Classes on MLK Day

The issue of the holiday honoring Dr. King is of particular significance to Washington and Lee University. General Robert E. Lee's tomb is located in a chapel on campus. Before the Civil War, the university had owned between 70 and 80 Black slaves.

Racial Differences in the Road to the Doctoral Degree

For recent doctoral degree recipients, African Americans took longer than Whites to earn their doctoral degree. On average, Blacks tended to accumulate more debt and used their own resources to fund their doctoral studies more than Whites.

Loren Blanchard Named Executive Vice Chancellor for the California State University System

Dr. Blanchard has been serving as provost and senior vice president of academic affairs at Xavier University in New Orleans. He is the first person to serve as provost at Xavier. Dr Blanchard will take on his new role in July.

Fast Food Consumption May Negatively Impact Academic Performance

The relationship between fast food and academic success is of particular importance to African American families as previous studies have shown young Blacks consume fast food more often than young Whites.

In Memoriam: Quinton Bernard Wilkes, 1941-2015

A graduate of Morgan State University, Quinton Bernard Wilkes was the first African American man to earn a Ph.D. in psychology at Fordham University in the Bronx, New York. He also was a founding member of the the African American studies department at Fordham.

Bridgette Brawner Is an Inaugural Community Scholar-in Residence at Penn

Dr. Brawner will be working with the city of Philadelphia's Department of Behavioral Health and Disability Services to determine the reasons for racial disparities in individuals who access the department's services.

R. Wayne Woodson Looks to Revive the Music Program at Paine College

The college no longer offers a music major and the college's music collections have dwindled. Membership in the college's choir was reduced to less than half of what it had been, but is now on the rebound.

John Bracey Named a Spotlight Scholar at the University of Massachusetts

The designation as a Spotlight Scholar at the University of Massachusetts is reserved for faculty members who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in research, scholarship or creative activity.

School Shooting Victim Gets Full Scholarship to Kentucky State University

On September 30, 2014, Javaughntay Burroughs, a sophomore honor roll student at Fern Creek High School in Louisville, Kentucky, was hit by an errant bullet while walking to his fifth-period class.

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

From time to time, The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education will provide links to online articles that may be of interest to our readers. Here are this week's selections.

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